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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

From the back cover:

This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire. Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Speaking Truth to Power

Israel has failed to understand that it cannot expel a people and call itself the victim; that it cannot conquer its neighbours and treat any and all resistance to that conquest as terrorism; that it cannot arm itself as a regional superpower and annihilate the institutional fabric of two peoples without incurring the fury of their children in the years that follow.

Cross-posted at Liberty & Power.


Clint said...

Israel exercises the same flawed logic that the US has in Iraq. Nobody in their right mind could possibly think that killing thousands of people in Iraq and taking over the country would make anybody safer. Predictably, it has increased terrorism. US intentions in Iraq seem fairly transparent and its understandable that Bush & co. might not actually care about getting rid of terrorism because they have bigger objectives in mind - oil, for one.

What I don't understand is why Israel chooses the same path. What other objectives do they have besides safety? Sure, maybe their goal is to eliminate Palestinians - but you can't get rid of them all. Besides plain ignorance, I can't figure out why Israel insists on bombing Lebanon as it has and creating a new generation of terrorists.

Sheldon Richman said...

It may feel its only hope is to establish a deterrent by showing itself to be an awesome, perhaps slightly mad, retaliator. I think it's a losing strategy.

Clint said...

I agree that it's a losing strategy. It hasn't worked for about 60 years running now...